It was July, and Adrien Nunez was about to enter his senior year of high school without any Division 1 offers.
The 6-foot-5 guard from Brooklyn, though, changed that quickly.
“I did a camp down in Auburn, I played pretty well,” Nunez told UM Hoops. “… The buzz had started there, and then a couple coaches just started to follow me throughout a tournament I was playing in the middle of July, and then I got my first offer and it was like a domino effect.”
Two months later, and Nunez is staring at a dozen or so offers — and another, from Michigan, could be in the cards.
According to Nunez, assistant coach Saddi Washington watched him play in Las Vegas in late July — just around when his recruitment took off — and liked what he say.
Last Tuesday, Washington and John Beilein paid Nunez a visit at his school.
“Had a conversation with Beilein in the coach’s office, and everything checked out,” Nunez said. “He liked the way I played, and (he said) that he would like to set up a visit.”
Like his overall recruitment, things with Michigan accelerated quickly. Nunez is scheduled to take an official visit to Ann Arbor next weekend. He says Beilein has told him they’ll discuss a potential offer once he arrives on campus.
“I’m super excited,” Nunez said. “Going to be good to see (Michigan) in person.”
Familiarizing himself with the school appears to be a big item on Nunez’s checklist. He also says he’s looking for a high academic school, a description which he believes fits Michigan.
“It’s kind of a feel thing,” Nunez said. “When you go on campus, you can feel how the coaches are teaching you and how the place feels and if I can see myself there for the next four years.”
Though Nunez’s recruitment has progressed at a breakneck pace, he’s still fairly certain of when he would like to have things figured out. Penn State, Boston College and VCU are the “main recruiters” in addition to Michigan. He’ll have three official visits left after next week, but Nunez says he’ll only take one more, at most. A decision should follow shortly.
“I’m probably going to make a decision,” Nunez said, “by early-October, mid-October time range.”